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Florida Researchers Still Weighing Hurricane Losses

Two months after Andrew unleashed its devastating fury, scientists continue to assess the damage the storm caused to their lives and laboratory endeavors Eight weeks have passed since Hurricane Andrew cut its devastating swath across South Florida, and public officials are still in the process of assessing the damage its winds and waves wrought in terms of fatalities, property loss, and shattered human lives. Scientists working and living in Andrew's path were by no means spared, for the ra

Ricki Lewis
Two months after Andrew unleashed its devastating fury, scientists continue to assess the damage the storm caused to their lives and laboratory endeavors
Eight weeks have passed since Hurricane Andrew cut its devastating swath across South Florida, and public officials are still in the process of assessing the damage its winds and waves wrought in terms of fatalities, property loss, and shattered human lives.

Scientists working and living in Andrew's path were by no means spared, for the ravaging storm, which struck in the early hours of August 24, played no favorites.

Current estimates are that Andrew--with gusts in excess of 175 miles per hour welling up against a backdrop of sustained winds of 145 mph--left behind 350,000 newly homeless people and at least $30 billion in damage.

Perhaps most tragic to scientific researchers was the damage sustained by South Florida's fragile ecosystems, such as Everglades National Park and coral...

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